« April 2013 | Main | October 2013 »

September 30, 2013

Ann Arbor International Connections Grant

The Provost's Office invites proposals from U-M Ann Arbor faculty, staff and students who have new and creative ideas for connecting international students and scholars with the broader U-M community. Preference will be given to proposals that build ties among domestic and international students and/or international scholars.

About the Ann Arbor International Connections Grant

The University of Michigan values its culturally diverse campus and is committed to fostering a
welcoming and inclusive community for all students and scholars. In addition to all 50 United
States, students from 130 other countries study here, and 65 languages are taught here. This
unique combination of intellectual, cultural and geographic diversity presents great opportunities
for learning on our Ann Arbor campus. Our domestic students come from across the country to
study, exchange ideas, conduct research and learn from one another. International students
and scholars share the same educational goals with the added components of learning a new
culture and developing the skills that come from navigating a new academic system.
This funding program is open to teams of U-M Ann Arbor faculty, staff and students who have
new and creative ideas for connecting international students and scholars with the broader U-M
community. Preference will be given to proposals that build ties among domestic and
international students and/or international scholars. The goals of this competitive program
include:


  1. Creating structured opportunities for students and scholars to share their goals and
    challenges and to learn from these shared experiences.
  2. Developing peer support networks to facilitate the academic, cultural and social success of
    all students.
  3. Providing opportunities for all students to increase intercultural awareness and
    understanding.

Proposals

Proposals may be for continuing activities or one-time events of significant impact. These
events or activities may be curricular or co-curricular. Each proposal must have stated learning
objectives that align with the goals outlined above. Each proposal must have a core focus on
leveraging the presence of international students and scholars on the U-M Ann Arbor campus
as a learning opportunity for both international and domestic students.
Proposals should be limited to 3 pages and must include a:

Deadline for proposals: November 14, 2013
Send proposals as PDF files to VPGEE-connections@umich.edu

Posted by maclachm at 11:16 AM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2013

American Institute of Iranian Studies Fellowship Programs

The American Institute of Iranian Studies is pleased to announce its fellowship programs. Applications for graduate student grants must be submitted by the indicated deadline; applications for senior grants are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information, contact the American Institute of Iranian Studies: aiis@nyc.rr.com. Website: www.simorgh-aiis.org

Persian Language Study in Tehran
The American Institute of Iranian Studies offers two-month fellowships for advanced language study in Tehran at the Dehkhoda Institute. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled in a Doctoral or Masters program in the humanities or social sciences, have an approved research topic that requires use of Persian, and have completed at least one full academic year of Persian language study. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and be made in the form of a letter, giving the following information: citizenship; research plans, level of Persian attained and what degree of proficiency is required; academic affiliation and status (stage of progress towards the doctorate); names, addresses and e-mail addresses of two referees (including the primary academic advisor). Referees should e-mail their letters of recommendation directly to AIIrS and include mention of relevance of Persian to the dissertation; evaluation of the project and how study in Iran will enhance dissertation work; student's level of maturity and adaptability to conditions in Iran. The deadline for receiving applications is January 10. The deadline for receiving letters of recommendation is January 15. Please check with The American Institute of Iranian Studies for program information before applying for this grant: aiis@nyc.rr.com

Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Research in Iranian Studies
The American Institute of Iranian Studies offers fellowships for one- to two-month research travel to countries with resources essential to the dissertation. These fellowships enable students in the field of Iranian Studies to acquaint themselves with the range of academic activities and resources in relevant foreign countries. It is the responsibility of the applicant to receive permission to conduct the intended research from the pertinent authorities prior to making the application. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled in a Doctoral program in the humanities or social sciences and have an approved research topic. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and be made in the form of a letter, giving the following information: citizenship; research plans; academic affiliation and status (stage of progress towards the doctorate); names, addresses and e-mail addresses of two referees (including the primary academic advisor). Referees should e-mail their letters of recommendation directly to AIIrS and include an evaluation of the project and how study at the particular foreign resource(s) will enhance dissertation work. The deadline for receiving applications is January 10. The deadline for receiving letters of recommendation is January 15. Applications should be e-mailed to: aiis@nyc.rr.com.

Short-Term Senior Fellowships in Iranian Studies
The American Institute of Iranian Studies offers short-term senior fellowships for research travel to Iran of up to four weeks’ duration but will also consider short-term visits to other countries with resources essential to the research. These fellowships enable established scholars with research interests in the field of Iranian Studies to acquaint themselves with the range of academic activities and resources in Iran or relevant other countries. It is the responsibility of the applicant to receive permission to conduct the intended research from the pertinent Iranian or other-country authorities prior to making the application. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and preference will be given to tenured faculty members and museum staff with some knowledge of Persian and a record of research in the humanities or the social sciences relating to Iran. Applications, which will be considered on a rolling basis, should be made in the form of a letter explaining how the opportunity afforded by the fellowship would benefit the applicant's work. Also included must be the names and addresses of the relevant contacts in Iran who have provided permission to research; the names and e-mail addresses of two referees and a curriculum vitae. Please specify preferred dates of travel. Applications should be e-mailed to: aiis@nyc.rr.com.

Senior Fellowships for Iranian Scholars
The American Institute of Iranian Studies offers senior fellowships for a period of up to three months for established scholars in Iran with research interests in the field of Iranian Studies to acquaint themselves with the range of academic activities and resources in the U.S. and work collaboratively with U.S. scholars. Applicants must be Iranian citizens and preference will be given to tenured faculty members and museum staff with English fluency, a record of research in the humanities or the social sciences relating to Iran, and publications in scholarly journals. Applications, which will be considered on a rolling basis, should be made in the form of a curriculum vitae and a letter explaining the applicant’s project and how the opportunity of pursuing research in the United States (citing names of specific libraries, archival collections and/or conferences that will have a direct bearing on the research) would enhance the results. The applicant should also include three letters of reference from colleagues well-acquainted with the applicant’s work, including at least one reference from the applicant’s home institution. Preference will be given to applicants providing the names of relevant contacts in the U.S. who have extended an invitation and permission to conduct research, and copies of such letters of invitation/permission should be submitted along with the application. Please specify preferred dates of travel. Applications should be submitted at least eight months prior to desired travel dates and should be e-mailed to: aiis@nyc.rr.com.


Conference Attendance Fellowships for Iranian Scholars
The American Institute of Iranian Studies offers fellowships for short visits for Iranian scholars with research interests in the field of Iranian Studies to deliver papers at conferences in the U.S. Applicants must be Iranian citizens and preference will be given to tenured faculty members and museum staff with English fluency, a record of research in the humanities or the social sciences relating to Iran, and publications in scholarly journals. Applications, which will be considered on a rolling basis, should be made in the form of a curriculum vitae and a letter explaining the applicant’s paper topic and how the opportunity of attending the conference would benefit the research and the conference. The applicant must include a letter of invitation from the conference mentioning the topic of the paper to be delivered. Applications should be submitted at least eight months prior to desired travel dates and should be e-mailed to: aiis@nyc.rr.com.

Posted by maclachm at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2013

Funding Opportunities with the AIA

The Archaeological Institute of America offers a range of funding opportunities, including fellowships, publication grants, scholarships and travel grants—plus the Site Preservation grants and awards, and the new Cotsen Excavation Grants. Further information can be found on the AIA’s website at http://www.archaeological.org/grants. Several of the programs have a November 1st deadline.

For any additional questions about the AIA's funding programs please contact Laurel Nilson Sparks at Lsparks@aia.bu.edu.


Archaeological Institute of America Fellowships, Scholarships & Publication Grants

The AIA offers its members various funding opportunities for travel, study, and publication assistance. Complete information, guidelines, and application forms can be found on the AIA’s website, at www.archaeological.org/grants, and by contacting the Fellowship Coordinator at fellowships@aia.bu.edu, (617) 358-4184.

OLIVIA JAMES TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: November 1; announced February 1
Amount: $25,000
Purpose: For travel and study in Greece, the Aegean Islands, Sicily, Southern Italy, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia. Open to all students, but preference is given to those doing research toward a Ph.D. or who are recent recipients (within 5 years of the application deadline) of a Ph.D. Not intended to support excavations.
Requirements: Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.

HELEN M. WOODRUFF FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: November 1 (applications must be sent to the American Academy in Rome, see AIA website for details)
Amount: $10,000
Purpose: A pre- or post-doctoral fellowship for study of archaeology and classical studies has been established by the Institute at the American Academy in Rome. This Fellowship, with other funds from the AAR, will support a Rome Prize Fellowship.
Requirements: The AAR receives all applications. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.


HARRIET and LEON POMERANCE FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: November 1; announced February 1
Amount: $5,000
Purpose: Individual project of a scholarly nature related to Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology
Requirements: Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S or Canada, or be actively pursuing an advanced degree at a North American college or university. Previous Pomerance Fellows are not eligible.


ANNA C. AND OLIVER C. COLBURN FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014, announced April 15
(offered every 2 years)
Amount: $11,000
Purpose: Support of studies at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, for no more than a year. Geographic area and cultural period not otherwise specified. Fellowship is awarded bi-annually.
Requirements: Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada, must be at the pre-doctoral stage or have recently received a Ph.D. (within 5 years of the date of the application), and must apply concurrently to the ASCSA for Associate Membership or Student Associate Membership. See AIA website for other requirements.


AIA/DAI STUDY IN THE U.S. FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: November 1, 2013 (for Fellowship tenure in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015)
Purpose: Support of a DAI Research Fellow at either the Cotsen Institute (UCLA), Joukowsky Institute (Brown University), or University of Cincinnati.
Requirements: Applicants must be archaeologists employed by the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.

AIA/DAI STUDY IN BERLIN FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: January 31 (applications must be sent to the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, see AIA website for details)
Purpose: Support of an AIA Research Fellow at the DAI’s library facilities in Berlin, Germany
Requirements: Applicants must be archaeologists based in North America and members of the AIA. See the AIA and DAI websites for further details and guidelines.


ARCHAEOLOGY OF PORTUGAL FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: November 1; announced February 1
Amount: Typical award is $4,000, but may vary
Purpose: To support archaeological study in
or pertaining to Portugal.
Requirements: Portuguese, American, and other international scholars are invited to apply.


JANE C. WALDBAUM ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: March 1; announced April 20
Amount: $1,000
Purpose: To support participation in an archaeological excavation or survey project.
Requirements: Open to junior & senior undergraduates, and 1st year graduate students who are currently enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian college or university. Applicants cannot have previously participated in archaeological excavations.


GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
Deadline: October 31; announced December
Amount: Varies
Purpose: To assist with travel expenses for graduate students presenting papers at the AIA Annual Meeting. See AIA website for more details, or contact Jennifer Klahn at jklahn@aia.bu.edu, 617-353-8709.


PUBLICATION SUBVENTION GRANT
Deadline: March 1 and November 1
Amount: Typical award is $5,000, but may vary
Purpose: To support new book-length publications in the field of Classical Archaeology (defined as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan archaeology & art history). Particularly welcome are first-time authors and/or final reports of excavated or surveyed sites as yet unpublished.
Requirements: Nominations should be submitted by eligible non-profit publishers such as university or museum presses. See the AIA website for more requirements.


SAMUEL H. KRESS GRANTS FOR RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION IN CLASSICAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Deadline: March 1 and November 1
Amount: $3,000
Purpose: To support publication preparation, or research leading to publication, by professional members of the AIA in Classical Art and Architecture. Awards may be used for research leading to the publication of an art historical monograph or for costs associated with publication, such as image licensing.
Requirements: Applicant must have publication contract in place with non-profit or commercial publisher. See AIA website for more information.

SITE PRESERVATION GRANT
Application Process: Applying for an AIA Site Preservation Grant is a two-step process:

•Step 1. Submit brief inquiry via the form on the AIA Site Preservation website at any time during the year. If inquiry is accepted, applicants will be provided with a full application.
•Step 2. Complete and return the full application by the next deadline date.

Full Application Deadlines: October 15 & February 15
Amount: An award of up to $25,000 will be paid over a period of one to three years. Winners will also benefit from publicity for their projects through the AIA.
Purpose: The Archaeological Institute of America’s Site Preservation Grants are awarded to innovative projects that use outreach and community development alongside direct conservation to sustainably preserve archaeological sites.
Contact: Kelly Lindberg (klindberg@aia.bu.edu, 617-358-6098)


BEST PRACTICES IN SITE PRESERVATION AWARD
Deadline: May 1, early submission is encouraged.
Amount: $5,000 to the winner(s) to further their best practices in site preservation. Winner(s) will also benefit from publicity for their projects through the AIA.
Purpose: The AIA’s Best Practices in Site Preservation Awards are presented to groups or projects recognized by their peers for doing exemplary work in the field of site preservation and conservation.
Nomination: Nominate deserving projects on the AIA’s website at archaeological.org/sitepreservation/
awardnomination. Supplementary materials may be
e-mailed to the AIA's Site Preservation Program Adminstrator, Kelly Lindberg.
Contact: Kelly Lindberg (klindberg@aia.bu.edu, 617-358-6098)


COTSEN EXCAVATION GRANTS
Deadline: November 1
Amount: Two grants per year of up to $25,000 each. One grant will be awarded to a first time project director launching a new project while the second
will be open to all professionals working in the field.
Purpose: To provide excavation support for professional AIA members working around the world.
Requirements: Applicants must be AIA members in good standing and must have a Ph.D. in archaeology or a related field. Applicants normally should be the primary permit holder for the excavation. Permit must be obtained before funds are dispersed.
Restrictions: As a policy, the AIA does not provide for grant funds to be allocated to overhead costs. Funds may not be used for survey expenses and equipment, publication, or for salaries for principal investigators.
Contact: Ben Thomas (bthomas@aia.bu.edu, 617-353-8708)


Please check the AIA website www.archaeological.org/grants or Contact the fellowship coordinator (fellowships@aia.bu.edu, 617-358-4184) for updates and information on other funding opportunities.

Posted by maclachm at 11:21 AM | Comments (0)

September 09, 2013

Call for Applications: Frankel Institute Fellowship 2014-2015 - Jews & Empires


The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce its Fellowship Theme for 2014-2015: “Jews & Empires.”

The theme of “Jews and Empires” presents a good vantage point for comparative and interdisciplinary examination of aspects of political, economic, social, and cultural history, as well as comparative study of religions, arts and literatures, languages, historical geography and anthropology. It invites scholars of social sciences and humanities, as well as creative artists, to engage in productive dialogues across time and space. Questions to be considered include the possibilities of developing theoretical paradigms to describe the nature of Jewish-imperial relationships. In addition, the theme encourages scholars to explore specific issues related to the interactions of Jews and empires in particular geographic and historical contexts, from ancient Egypt to contemporary America. The “imperial turn” in Jewish Studies can offer new illuminating perspectives on such diverse range of issues as anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Zionism and Jewish statehood, relationships among Judaism, Christianity and Islam, international trade and commerce.

The theme’s significance extends beyond traditional limits of Jewish studies. “Jews and Empires” invites applications touching upon the broader questions of minority status, ethnicity and identity, migration and mobility, diaspora, and power.

Application materials can be found at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/judaic/institute/applications
The deadline for applications is October 4, 2013.

For more information, email judaicstudies@umich.edu or call 734.763.9047.
www.lsa.umich.edu/judaic

Posted by maclachm at 12:55 PM | Comments (0)

Call for Proposals - Middle East Dialogue 2014


Middle East Dialogue 2014: Strategies for Change in the Middle East

The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) and The Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) invites you to submit a proposal for the Middle East Dialogue 2014 focused on Strategies for Change in the Middle East. The Dialogue will be held at the historic Whittemore House in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The purpose of the conference is to promote dialogue about current policy concerns and to provide a civil space for discussion across the religious and political spectrum.

Proposals are encouraged to be sent in before the early deadline of November 30, 2013 for priority consideration, to PSO executive director Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval at dgutierrezs@ipsonet.org. For more information, and to view past MED programs and videos, please visit: http://www.ipsonet.org/conferences/middle-east-dialogue.

The Policy Studies Organization publishes 18 journals and several book series on a variety of subjects. It promotes discussion of policy concerns and further research and dissemination of policy scholarship.

Posted by maclachm at 12:45 PM | Comments (0)

TALIM Resident Director Position available 1 July 2014

The Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM), the only US National Historic Landmark outside the United States and the site of the American Overseas Research Center of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) in Tangier, Morocco, invites applications for the position of Resident Director. TALIM is housed in a spacious historic building in the Tangier medina, given as a gift to the US in 1821. It functions as a museum, research library, conference facility, and community center, and hosts a language program. TALIM’s director serves as liaison between American and Moroccan scholars and administers AIMS grants and programs in Morocco, and also cooperates with other AIMS centers in North Africa. The Director needs to act in a representational capacity in Morocco and abroad, to conserve and operate a historic building, to activate and direct community outreach programs, to fundraise, and to interact effectively with the international academic community. The Resident Director shall have a sufficient understanding of US embassy operations to interact with the US Embassy on matters of visitor and representational programs, grant opportunities, maintenance, and other issues. TALIM is supported by private contributions and by AIMS; maintenance of the building is funded by the US Embassy in Morocco and tended by the Director. The Director supervises a staff of librarian-assistant director, tour guide, and 3 maintenance men, and is responsible to a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee centered in Washington. The successful applicant should have academic and management skills related to the Maghrib and be fluent in English and French. Arabic is highly desirable. Salary is low and the applicant should have a comfortable retirement package already in hand as the position does not provide pension or medical benefits. Housing is provided without cost in the Legation. Travel to Board meetings in Washington D.C. is paid twice a year.

Please send a statement of interest and qualifications and a current CV to diane@dianeponasik.com, TALIM secretary. The position is open as of 1 July 2014. Review begins on 9 October 2013. Applications should be submitted no later than 30 September 2013. TALIM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to diversity.

Posted by maclachm at 12:35 PM | Comments (0)

INEE Minimum Standards Arabic Language Intern - Fall 2013/Spring 201

The Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is looking for a Minimum Standards Arabic Language Intern. For more information, visit:http://www.ineesite.org/en/jobs/view/inee-minimum-standards-arabic-language-intern-inee

Summary:

The INEE Minimum Standards intern will assist the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards with various projects that will further the promotion, utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards.

This internship presents a unique learning opportunity to work closely with the INEE Secretariat, liaise directly with INEE members around the world, and be part of projects that contribute to education quality in crisis settings.

This internship will be based at the IRC HQ office in New York City but can be home-based for applicants located outside the New York City area. Interns may take school credit for the internship with prior agreement from the supervisor. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Compensation: This is an unpaid opportunity. Students residing abroad, who need visa sponsorship, will not be considered.

Background:

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open global network of more than 9,500 practitioners, students, teachers, staff from UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, donors, governments and universities who work together within a humanitarian and development framework to ensure all persons the right to quality education and a safe learning environment in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. The INEE Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, Recovery are the network’s foundation tool. They provide concrete guidance based on education rights and good practices to improve access to safe, relevant and quality education.

INEE was defined not as a formal organization with bureaucratic functions, but rather as a flexible and responsive mechanism, which brings organizations and individuals together to facilitate collaboration, share experiences and resources, establish standards for the field, and engage in advocacy regarding the right to education. INEE does not implement projects or co-ordinate agencies, but works to enable members to be more effective. INEE’s Steering Group is comprised of CARE, ChildFund International, the International Rescue Committee, the Open Society Institute (OSI), Save the Children, Refugee Education Trust (RET), UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, and the World Bank.

The INEE Secretariat consists of a Director, Admin Officer, Web Master and Deputy Coordinator for Minimum Standards who are all based at the IRC (NY), a Coordinator for Minimum Standards, who is based at UNICEF (NY), a Coordinator for Network Services, who is based at UNESCO (Paris), and an INEE Deputy Director, Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator for Education and Fragility, who are based at UNHCR (Geneva).

Priorities for the INEE Minimum Standards in 2013 include: the dissemination and promotion of the INEE Minimum Standards Handbook; support to utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards through capacity-building, application visits, tool development and experience documentation; support to INEE members conducting training workshops on the INEE Minimum Standards; operationalization of the INEE/Sphere Companionship through formalized training and advocacy linkages; collaboration with the IASC Education Cluster, including harmonization of the INEE Minimum Standards and First Line Responders’ training packages; and continued promotion and advocacy on education in emergencies, INEE and the INEE Minimum Standards.

Responsibilities:

The INEE Minimum Standards intern will assist the INEE Coordinator for Minimum Standards with various projects that will further the promotion, utilization and institutionalization of the INEE Minimum Standards, including:

Learning Outcomes

Requirements:

The intern must be available to work 2 or 3 days/week during the Fall Semester (Sept-Dec 2013). Strong preference will be given to candidates who can intern during the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.

Posted by maclachm at 12:13 PM | Comments (0)

Sixth Annual ASMEA Conference

Sixth Annual ASMEA Conference

Tides of Change: Looking Back and Forging Ahead in the Middle East & Africa

November 21-23, 2013
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel • Washington, D.C.

The 2013 conference will feature:

Registration fees:
Full/Associate Members Registration: $70. After Oct. 31: $85.
Student Members Registration: $40. After Oct. 31: $55.
Non-Members Registration: $165.

Become an ASMEA member here.
For more information, contact 202.429.8860 or info@asmeascholars.org.

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa
www.asmeascholars.org

Posted by maclachm at 12:00 PM | Comments (0)

Call for Papers: Civil-Military Relations in Egypt

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) is currently inviting the submission of abstracts for research papers on civil-military relations in Egypt.

Academics and practitioners working in the security sector (armed forces, government, parliament, civil society, media and international governmental and non-governmental organisations) are invited to submit abstracts of maximum 600 words in English or Arabic by 30 September 2013 to opmena@dcaf.ch.


For more information, please visit Call for papers: Civil-military relations in Egypt.

Call_for_papers_final.pdf

Posted by maclachm at 11:52 AM | Comments (0)

MESA Undergraduate Education Award

MESA members are invited to submit nominations for the newly established MESA UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AWARD which has been created to recognize outstanding scholarship on teaching or other material contributions to undergraduate education in Middle East studies. Examples of such contributions include:

· WRITTEN MATERIAL: books, journal articles, conference papers, or published essays on pedagogy or undergraduate curriculum development

· PEDAGOGICAL MATERIAL: innovations in course design or instructional technology

· SERVICE: service contributions to undergraduate education in Middle East studies


The winner will be presented with an award of $250 and hand-calligraphed certificate at the MESA Awards Ceremony to be held during the MESA annual meeting in October 10-13, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2013 SUBMISSION RULES:
Nominations must be made by current MESA members, who should include the following:

· Completed submission form (copy attached)

· A letter of nomination.

· Three copies of the material examples (e.g., copy of the conference paper, syllabus)

· CV of the nominee


Nominations should be mailed to:

Undergraduate Education Award
Middle East Studies Association
The University of Arizona
1219 N Santa Rita Ave
Tucson AZ 85721
or
sent by fax to 520-626-9095
or
emailed to palmers@email.arizona.edu

The deadline for receipt of nominations is August 30, 2013.

2013-undergraduate-education-award.pdf

Posted by maclachm at 11:34 AM | Comments (0)

September 04, 2013

Call for Papers: In whose interests? Exploring Middle East involvement in Africa

The Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC) will convene an international conference from 5 to 6 November 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, to examine the nature and extent of the penetration of Middle Eastern states into Africa. Potential presenters are invited to submit abstracts for consideration.

Abstract closing date: 15 September 2013
Decision date: 22 September 2013
Full paper Submission Date: 28 October 2013

About the conference:

The conference is framed within Africa’s history of colonialism and of African states and non-state actors being used as proxies on an African battlefield during the Cold War. It will explore the nature of the relationship that exists between both that of state and non-state actors on the continent and the Middle East. Aside from responding to the paucity in research around the penetration of the Middle East into Africa, and what this means for the continent, the conference further looks to explore ways of enhancing balanced and mutually beneficial relations between Africa and the Middle East region.

Africa’s colonial past and the implications of a postcolonial world defined by neoimperialism and neoliberalism continue to manifest in the socioeconomic reality of the majority of Africans. The recent assertiveness of Africa on the global stage, growing markets, diverse geography, geostrategic importance, and vast natural resources continue to attract the attention of global powers. China, for example, in its unquenchable quest for resources and global partners, turned its focus on Africa, and has succeeded in becoming the continent’s largest trading partner. The past three decades have, however, also seen the entry of new players into Africa, such as India and Brazil. Some of these states share experiential colonial histories as well as similar development experiences and challenges with countries on the continent. This interaction has facilitated the emergence of South coalition blocs such as the India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum, to promote cooperation amongst these states.

In a postcolonial era, however, the attention that Africa attracts is uneven, sometimes paternalistic, and often under the guise of development, aid and humanitarian assistance. This has often seen the evolution of asymmetrical political and economic relations between African states and these external powers.

Of course, Africa is not a singular monolithic and homogeneous entity. On the whole, however, it has often been the disadvantaged partner in exploitative relationships.

Scope:

Middle East in Africa

Apart from states that are well-known for their involvement in Africa, such as the USA, China, Brazil and India, the continent has also been targeted by a number of states whose role has garnered relatively little attention. These include states from the Middle East whose strategic involvement in, and outreach to, Africa range from extending their sphere of influence to pursuing ideological interests, and includes economic, business, political, military and religious relations. In particular, Israel, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states have set their sights on Africa. Certain non-state actors from the Middle East have also looked to Africa to export their ideologies. This manifests in diverse forms: from religious and ideological education projects to involvement in civil or interstate conflict, such as in the Sahel region and Somalia.

Relations between the Middle East and Africa have a long history going back centuries. This has seen beneficial as well exploitative exchanges for Africa. Due to their geographical, cultural and religious proximity to Africa, there is a centuries-old flow of people, ideologies, and sociopolitical undercurrents from countries in the Middle East into Africa, particularly North Africa, East Africa and the Sahel region.

The objectives of the various Middle Eastern countries involved in Africa are numerous, diverse, yet also converge as they jostle to increase their dominance over each other. Due to Iran’s global isolation, Iran sees resonance in Africa, with the continent’s own experience of marginalisation. Africa thus holds the potential to reduce the isolation forced on Iran by western sanctions. Turkey’s revitalised foreign policy under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has seen it extending its global influence. Since 2002, Africa has become part of its revamped foreign policy that looks to see Ankara develop and strengthen ties with countries which Turkey previously had neglected. Today, Turkey has the largest foreign diplomatic and business components in Somalia compared to any other state. With the world’s attention drawn to Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian lands, Israel has attempted to win favour from African countries through its use of soft power under the guise of development, and the sharing of agricultural and technological expertise. Israel has also recently agreed to provide certain African states with assistance in exchange for the transfer of African refugees from Israel. Tiny Qatar, aside from seeing the opportunities that the continent’s physical expansiveness offers, hopes to extend its global clout and sphere of influence through Africa. This has seen it involved in mediation in African conflicts, for example between Sudan and Darfur rebels. It has also attempted to insert its influence through involvement in the NATO-led overthrow of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.

Paper and Abstracts: AMEC invites submissions of abstracts from people that might be interested in presenting a paper at this conference on the issues discussed here.

Prospective paper titles and abstracts must be in English, and may be emailed to Nazlie Jada at nazlie@amec.org.zaby no later than 15 September 2013. Abstracts should not be more than 200 words in length, attached to the email, and in ‘.odt’, ‘.doc’, or ‘.docx’ formats.

If your abstract is accepted, AMEC will expect an original paper submitted prior to the conference. Papers should be between 4 000 and 6 000 words in length, and conform to AMEC’s style guide, which will be provided to authors on the acceptance of an abstract. It is hoped that papers will be published in an edited volume after the conference.

The cost of flights to Johannesburg and accommodation during the conference for speakers will be covered by AMEC.

About the Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC):

AMEC is a Johannesburg based think tank that looks to understand and enhance relations between Africa, particularly South Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa region. AMEC seeks to shape public discourse and engage decision makers on issues affecting the region. It further looks to produce and disseminate the highest quality of research on the Middle East, and on issues related to the Middle East and North Africa.

For more information visit http://www.amec.org.zaor email info@amec.org.za.

Posted by maclachm at 12:33 PM | Comments (0)

The 22nd Annual Arab-US Policymakers Conference

Connect with NCUSAR:

The National Council is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for the 22nd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference. Visit the links below to learn more and register for the conference.

22nd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference

Navigating Arab-U.S. Relations:
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities

October 22 - 23, 2013
[Tuesday - Wednesday]

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC



Register Online:

Register by Fax or Mail:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Special Travel Offer From Qatar Airways: see below

Special Hotel Rates: see below

Transcripts, Videos, and Podcasts from the 2012 Conference:


Schedule of Conference Sessions:

October 22, 2013

8:00 - 9:00 am -- Registration & Coffee/Tea

9:00 - 9:15 am -- Welcome & Introductions

9:15 - 10:00 am -- Keynote Address by Ambassador Chas Freeman

10:00 - 11:30 am -- U.S.-Arab Energy Cooperation

11:30 am - 12:00 pm -- Networking Opportunity

12:00 - 2:00 pm -- Luncheon & Keynote Address by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal

2:00 - 2:30 pm -- Keynote Address by General Lloyd Austin III

2:30 - 4:00 pm -- U.S.-Arab Defense Cooperation

4:00 - 5:30 pm -- Gulf Cooperation Council: Role in Regional Dynamics

October 23, 2013

8:00 - 9:00 am -- Registration & Coffee/Tea

9:00 – 9:15 am -- Keynote Address by Ambassador James Smith

9:15 - 9:30 am -- Keynote Address

9:30 - 11:00 am – The Palestinian Future

11:00 am - 12:30 pm -- Geo-Political Dynamics: Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, & Iran

12:30 - 1:00 pm -- Networking Opportunity

1:00 - 2:30 pm -- Luncheon & Keynote Address

2:30 - 4:00 -- Arab-U.S. Business, Finance, and Human Resource Development

4:00 - 5:30 -- Geo-Political Dynamics: Egypt & N. Africa

5:30 - 6:30 -- Arab-U.S. Relations: Views from the Arab Media


Conference Moderator, Facilitator, and Speaker:

Dr. John Duke Anthony

President & CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Dr. John Duke Anthony is the Founding President and CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. He is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Defense's Institute for Security Assistance Management, and a Member of the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) as well as the ACIEP's Subcommittee on Sanctions. During the fall 2012 semester he served as Dean's Chair in International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he taught a course on "Politics of the Arabian Peninsula."

Special Evening Reception:

H.E. Adel A. Al-Jubeir

H.E. Adel A. Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, will host a reception for conference sponsors, speakers, the Arab diplomatic community, and invited guests on occasion of the 22nd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, Tuesday evening, October 22, 2013, at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia (601 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037). Please note that identification and reception invitation must be presented upon entrance.

Special Qatar Airways Travel Offer:

Take up to 10%* off your next trip with Qatar Airways by using the promo code "NCUSAR13" at the time of booking. *Terms and conditions apply.

Learn more at: http://bit.ly/qatarairways-ncusar

Special Hotel Rates:

The St. Regis Washington, DC
923 16th & K Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone # for Reservations: 1-888-627-8087
Website for Reservations

Hotel rooms are available at special rates for Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference attendees at The St. Regis Washington, DC, 923 16th & K Streets, NW. The special rate for single and double occupancy superior king is $395.00 per night. The special rate for single and double occupancy deluxe king is $425.00 per night. All rates are subject to 14.5% hotel sales tax. Rates include features and amenities detailed on the St. Regis Washington, DC website.

The special room rate is available for Sunday, October 20 through Thursday, October 24, 2013. To book rooms at these special rates use the weblink above, or call The St. Regis at 1-888-627-8087 and ask for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Room Block. The cutoff date for this special rate is September 20, 2013.


Georgetown Suites
1111 30th & 1000 29th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone # for Reservations: 202-298-7800
or 1-800-348-7203
Website for Reservations [Access Code NCUSAR]

Hotel rooms are available at special rates for Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference attendees at the Georgetown Suites, 1111 30th Street, NW. The special rate for single occupancy is $205.00 per night. Double or triple occupancy is $235.00 per night. All rates are subject to 14.5% hotel sales tax. Rates include upscale continental breakfast and fitness center, local calls, and wireless Internet access.

The special room rate is available for Sunday, October 20 through Saturday, October 26, 2013. To book rooms at these special rates, please contact the Georgetown Suites by phone or email and ask for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Room Block. You can also make reservations online using the Access Code NCUSAR. The cutoff date for this special rate is 3:00 PM hotel time on September 24, 2013.


About the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations:


National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

ncusar.org
Twitter: @ncusar
Facebook: facebook.com/ncusar

1730 M St NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 1-202-293-6466
Fax: 1-202-293-7770

Posted by maclachm at 11:26 AM | Comments (0)